Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The National Theatre Conference mss., 1932-2006, are the papers of past presidents, executive secretary and treasurer of the Conference. They consist of the files of Barclay Spencer Leatham, 1900- , educator, from the central office and the correspondence of past presidents: Paul Baker, 1911- , theatre director; Gilmore Brown, 1886?-1960, theatre director; Paul Eliot Green, 1894-1981, playwright; Frederic Charles McConnell, 1890-1968, theatre director; Lee Roy Norvelle, 1892-1984, professor; Scott Jackson Parker, 1945- , theatre manager; and, Theodore Albert Viehman, 1889-1970 , theatre director. The papers of past president Sawyer Falk, 1898-1961, educator, are in the possession of the Syracuse University Library.

The collection was further enriched by David Harrison Stevens, 1884-1968 , educator, who donated a bound set of the National Theatre Conference Bulletin and a complete report of all grants made in theatre and drama by the Rockefeller Foundation; by Alexander Wyckoff, 1898-1995, actor, who sent his files of valuable information on the early history of the National Theatre Conference; by Frederic Charles McConnell's correspondence as treasurer and head of the fellowship project; and by Mrs. Hallie (Ferguson) Flanagan Davis, 1890-1969, dramatist, who sent her correspondence as chairman of the New Playwright Project.

Also included are papers pertaining to the Appraisal Project conducted by the National Theatre Conference, 1958-1965, and material dealing with dissertations, papers and replies to a questionnaire from members of the organization, 1945-1964.

For more information on the Conference see Tino Balio and Lee Norvelle, The History of the National Theatre Conference , [n.p., 1968].

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Community Theatre; III. University Theatre; IV. Placement Service; V. Conference/meetings; VI. Miscellaneous; VII. Notebooks; and, VIII. Papers of past officers; IX. Additions.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1969, 1970, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2012

Collection size: 20,346 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.